But Fudge may be hobbled by her past refusal to co-sponsor the Equality Act, which would extend federal civil rights protections to people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In Washington, D.C., her fame hasn't stopped people from making assumptions about where she belongs. "I'd always knew we would win that, but now we're getting up to 40", she said of the still-undecided races.
Pelosi was speaker before Republicans took House control in 2011.
"I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker", she told reporters.
Pelosi is dismissing that challenge, and she asks reporters: "Have you seen the letter?"
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a news conference following the 2018 midterm elections at the Capitol Building on November 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, anti-Pelosi Democrats including Reps.
Pelosi says she thinks she's the best person for the job and that any Democrat who disagrees should run against her.
But the Democratic Party leadership - Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer -immediately put out statements saying they were ready to work with Republicans, compromise and and pursue "a bipartisan marketplace of ideas".
House Democrats are widely expected to elect Pelosi as their leader on November 28. "I just said, 'Just win - just win, baby, '" she said. "Just as there is this undertone of racism in the country, there's also that in our caucus".
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And he has spared some reporters of color, such as Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke, who is black. There are many countries that do not allow reporters into the presidential residence in that way.
She's the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, at 29.
"But she wants our endorsements?"
While the anti-Pelosi group looks satisfied to not present any alternative candidate, satisfied that blocking her would be enough to eventually spur a race, she seemed happy to have Fudge in the race.
In short, there are a number of Democrats who could oppose her and already a critical number who look likely to.
"No, never, never, never", she added.
In a tweet Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez grumbled over the reaction to her protest.
"I don't hate Nancy".
Pelosi did not appear anxious Thursday by the possible challenge from Fudge. Or she could set stricter rules in the caucus, binding Democrats to vote for the party's speaker nominee or try to get commitments from her closest allies that they will support only her for the position. Fudge said. "And letting that be reflected in our leadership".